Houses and Buildings Success Stories

We are dedicated to protecting the historic buildings in our care, and making them accessible for everyone to enjoy. These are just a few of our successful projects, covering everything from repairing roofs to building microbreweries.

The south east corner of the house reflected on the moat

Our biggest conservation project

It's rare for a conservation project to take 15 years. Which is why the work we carried out at Ightham Mote in Kent is often called our biggest conservation project to date.

Stable block and clock tower at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire

Converting a brewhouse into a discovery centre at Clumber Park

Many buildings we care for are no longer fit for their original purpose. This doesn’t mean they don’t have a future. Find out how we transformed an old brewery into a great new discovery centre at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.

Visitors enjoying the cafe and play area at Trelissick Garden, Cornwall

Converting a cart shed into a café at Trelissick Garden

Find out how we equipped the new Crofter's Café at Trelissick with environmentally sustainable energy systems.

Sand dunes at Whiteford Burrows

Repairing the bird hide at Whiteford Burrows 

Find out how a popular bird hide was repaired and mobilised to protect it from a changing landscape at Whiteford Burrows in Swansea.

View of the rooftops at Dunham Massey, Cheshire, with the Stamford Military Hospital flag flying

Repairing Dunham's roof after 70 years 

Water penetration problems meant the roof coverings at Dunham Massey had to be replaced for the first time in at least 70 years.

The south front of Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire

Installing emergency lighting at Nunnington Hall

We used innovative technology to fit emergency lighting at Nunnington Hall with minimal impact to its Grade I surroundings

The reception room of Pontbrenmydyr holiday cottage

Turning a mud building into a holiday cottage 

We transformed a derelict 1750s mud and thatch cottage into a sustainable holiday home.

A burial mound in the mist at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Building visitor facilities and an exhibition hall at Sutton Hoo

The new education facilities and exhibition building at Sutton Hoo have become one of our most popular visitor attractions.

Porthmeudwy Cove, Llyn Peninsula

Creating offices and a fish workshop at Cwrt Farm 

Former farm buildings now help to sustain a local industry after our renovation work.

A family crossing stepping stones at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Making Gibson Mill self-sufficient

How an historic mill became the first visitor centre-equipped, open-all-year heritage building to operate solely in a sustainable way.

Micro brewery at Brockhampton Estate

Opening a microbrewery at Brockhampton Estate

See how we turned an old farm building into a microbrewery.